Are you trying to decide between the 2020 Ford F-150 XL, XLT, Lariat, and King Ranch trim models? With so many body style configurations and trim models, we understand that shopping for a 2020 Ford F-150 can be complicated. But our comparison guide is here to help.
2020 Ford F-150 XL vs. XLT: What’s the difference?
Both the XL and XLT trim models offer a great deal on a brand new F-150. The XL’s starting MSRP of $28,495 puts a work-friendly full-size truck within reach of most budgets. The XLT’s longer list of standard features attracts modern buyers, but it still starts at a great price – $34,510.
The XL is an excellent work truck. Comfort comes standard, with air conditioning, a tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a cloth 40/20/40-split front bench seat. Its easy-to-clean vinyl flooring comes in handy after a day at an unpaved worksite. The XL also helps you navigate safely, with a tech lineup that includes a rearview camera and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
If you crave more in modern comfort and smartphone integration, the XLT will be the bigger draw. This F-150 adds carpet flooring, a rear privacy glass, and lumbar adjustments for the front bucket seats. Besides sprucing up cabin comfort, the XLT also delivers all the latest infotainment gear, including Ford’s Sync 3 system with its 8-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
2020 Ford F-150 Lariat vs. King Ranch: Which should I choose?
Both of these F-150 trim models cater to the luxury crowd. The Lariat offers a cushy ride at a friendly price, with a starting MSRP of $43,000. The King Ranch offers both a unique, Western-themed style and longer list of standard features, but also increases base costs to $52,740. Choosing between these two models is both a matter of personal taste and budget.
The Lariat is sublimely comfortable. Standard features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and dual-zone climate control. The ambient interior lighting and driver-seat memory settings give the cabin a truly upscale atmosphere.
The first thing you’ll notice about the King Ranch is its unique Western-themed styling, which includes saddle-brown leather upholstery and unique trim, inside and out. The King Ranch also comes standard with many of the Lariat’s optional luxuries, including a heated and power-adjustable front steering wheel. Its premium 11-speaker stereo system includes HD radio.
2020 Ford F-150 Power and Performance
More than price or luxury features, some F-150 shoppers may need to consider performance above all. After all, drivers want a truck that can tow and haul their workloads and heavy toys.
Both the XL and XLT come standard with the F-150’s base engine, a 3.3-liter V6 engine that kicks up dust with 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. However, you can add any of the F-150’s engine options to these models, whether you want to maximize fuel economy with the optional turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 (326 horses, 400 pound-feet) or the turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 (250 horses, 440 pound-feet) or increase capabilities with the 5.0-liter V8 or turbo 3.5-liter V6.
The 2020 Ford F-150 Lariat and King Ranch are power players. The Lariat comes standard with the turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which makes 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque for a capable ride. Before the optional diesel engine came along, the 2.7-liter was the line’s most fuel-efficient option, earning 22 mpg combined. If you need more power for your Lariat, the 5.0-liter V8 (hauls max payloads) and turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (tows max loads) are optional. Choose the optional turbodiesel V6 for maximize fuel economy.
The King Ranch delivers classic pickup truck performance with its standard 5.0-liter V8 engine. This beast kicks out 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. However, if you prefer to emphasize towing capabilities, the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 is also optional for the King Ranch. The 2020 Ford F-150’s most powerful engine, this V6 supplies 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque in the King Ranch. As with the other models, the turbodiesel V6 is also optional.